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Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Dean, 1955-1978


Records of Radcliffe College's Office of Women's Education, which served as an advisory and advocacy body for women students and administered awards and fellowships, internship and extra-curricular programs.


  • Creation: 1955-1978

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Records are closed for 50 years from the date of creation except with the permission of the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Student records are closed for 80 years from the time of separation. Records must be screened by archivist before research use. Appointment may be required. Contact public services.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Radcliffe College Office of the Dean is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


5 linear feet (12 file boxes)

Office correspondence, budgets, studies and reports; records of programs, prizes and social events organized for students, 1972-1977.


The Office of Women's Education was established with half-time staff under the aegis of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in 1972 by President Horner to ensure equal opportunities for women on campus. It offered an advisory and advocacy service for women in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It became an independent office under Director Judith. Walzer in 1974. The activities of the office included career and concentration meetings, advice to women's organizations (Radcliffe Union of Students, Radcliffe-Harvard Women's Center, Association of Black Radcliffe Women), the organization of class events (Fresmen Core Program, Junior Parent's Day, Tree-trimming etc.) and the publication of A Woman's Guide to Harvard and Cliffe Notes, a monthly newsletter. It administered grants to graduate women, prizes and fellowships and an internship program. It organized a luncheon series at the Bunting Institute where graduate women could meet informally with staff, Bunting Fellows and faculty. Another purpose was to study the undergraduate experience. Among its research studies were: a study of older women students, a study of prizes and fellowships and a study of athletic opportunity at Harvard.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These records were received from the Office of the Radcliffe Forum in August, 1978

Processing Information

Reprocessed: July 1983

By: Jane S. Knowles

Radcliffe College. Office of the Dean. Records of the Radcliffe College Office of the Dean, 1955-1978: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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